The Algona Chapter
was named after the town in which it resides. The name,
Algona, is of Native American origin and was
chosen by Sarah Heckart Call, the young bride of Asa C. Call who
with his brother, Ambrose, founded Algona in 1854.
first organized meeting was held May 12,
1924 with the following charter members: Julie Brace, Lettie Brace, Ernestine Chubb, Myrtle Dickinson, Anna Louise
Fairbanks, Mattie Mae Falkenhainer, Veda Elizabeth Falkenhainer,
Maude Free, Katherine Shearer Gilmore, Sylvia Gunn, Elizabeth Green
Haggard, Helen E. Paxson, and Mabel Waterbury.
The first yearbook of the chapter was issued for
1924‑1925. Our chapter celebrated 75 years April and May 1999
and celebrated 80 years in 2004-2005 by doing an activity
The Algona chapter
has been busy throughout years. Some of the historical
placed a bronze tablet on a boulder in
Ambrose Call State Park, near Algona, Iowa, to mark the
site of the first cabin in that area.
On June 14,1937,
placed an inscribed boulder to mark the site of the first schoolhouse in Kossuth County.
This marker was dedicated with a ceremony which was attended
by a large group of pioneers and friends. The Honorable Harvey Ingham of Des
Moines was the speaker and the high school band furnished the music.
The chapter also presented a historical
plaque to be hung in the schoolhouse nearest this site.
a silk flag and protective glass case to the Ambrose Call Park,
Algona. This was placed
in the shelter house.
bronze plaque by Solbach's was presented marking the site of the stockade
built in 1857 to help protect pioneers against hostile Sioux
Indians. It is located on the Solbach Drug building after the
Hub Clothing burned in 1970. The restoration and replacement was
done as part of the 50th anniversary of the chapter in 1973.
Current activities by the Algona chapter include giving DAR magazine
gift subscriptions to the Algona Public Library and the Laurens Public Library,
providing a window display in a store window in Algona and in the
Algona and Laurens Libraries to celebrate Constitution Week in
September and celebrating American History Month in February with
another display in stores and libraries.
Each Christmas clothing and soup labels are sent to
Tamassee, Kate Duncan Smith, and Bacone DAR schools. Books and comfort
items are sent to the veterans hospital in Iowa City.
senior with high interests in American History is the recipient of
the chapters' monetary award.
Good citizens are selected at six area high schools,
and with their parents, are guests at the November meeting, with one
going on to District. In 1972, the Algona Chapter sponsored the
State Good Citizen Award Winner. The Good Citizenship award is given at the local
middle school. In addition, a deserving recipient is chosen each year to receive
the Chapter Excellence in Community Service Award.
A United States Flag is given to an area organization or
group each year. The chapter is represented at the Memorial Day
Iowa State Regent
"God, Home, and Country"
“Preserve the Past, Enhance the
Present, Invest in the Future.”
2012 - 2014 State Theme
Hands of Friendship
Working Together to Build Membership
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work
shall be rewarded."
2 Corinthians 15.7